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Sunnyside to hold Night Out meeting Thursday, July 14

Sunnyside residents interested in learning more about holding a National Night Out neighborhood block watch party are encouraged to attend a meeting this Thursday.

Sunnyside Police Officer Chico Rodriguez heads up the National Night Out event for the city.

This year's event in Sunnyside will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Rodriguez will be on hand this Thursday night, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center. Residents who attend the meeting will have an opportunity to learn what needs to be done to hold a block party in their neighborhood as part of the National Night Out event against crime.

Sunnyside's National Night Out program has been recognized on a national level. Sunnyside has been holding the community night out against crime event for at least 10 years, said Rodriguez.

"The community makes this happen," said Rodriguez.

There were 13 block parties in Sunnyside last year, said Rodriguez. Rodriguez is expecting between 11 and 15 neighborhood parties this year. Rodriguez said the number of people who attend the block parties can range anywhere from 20 to 250 people.

Those wanting to hold a block party are encouraged to attend Thursday's meeting to learn more.

"We help you put it together," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said there are about 50 businesses in the community that help in sponsoring National Night Out in Sunnyside. The local city council also put aside $3,000 to help put on the event.

Rodriguez said the city will help with purchasing supplies for the parties. He also makes sure that hats and t-shirts are made available to party-goers.

Rodriguez encourages people to get involved with the block parties.

"It is a time to get to know your neighbor," said Rodriguez. "It is time to get together to take crime and drugs out of our neighborhoods."

For more information on being part of Sunnyside's National Night Out program, call 836-6200.

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